Sam Bombaugh posted the winning throw on his fourth attempt for his second career title.
Feb. 28, 2014
NEW YORK - The University of Louisville track and field teams put together a solid first day at the American Athletic Conference Championships on Friday in New York. Louisville's men are first in the team standings, while the women are second.
Bombaugh won his second-consecutive weight throw title, taking first with a season-best mark of 19.16m/62-10.50. The senior came into the meet with the top mark in the conference and improved upon it en route to his third victory of the year. Teammate Brad Vivace finished fourth in the event.
Similarly, Gates won the women's weight throw competition after entering the meet ranked first in the league and 26th nationally. The senior, who was tied for second heading into her final throw, scored the winning mark of 20.06m/65-9.75 on her sixth attempt.
Louisville's third champion came on the track in Kibet. The sophomore led a 1-2-3 finish in the men's 5,000m, completing the race in a season-best time of 14:31.16. Edwin Kibichiy and Tyler Byrne finished second and third, respectively, as the trio combined for 24 of the men's team's 59 points.
Agnes Chepchumba, in the women's 5,000m, ran to a sixth-place showing in a personal-best 17:21.52.
Louisville's jumps group, which has excelled under the direction of assistant coach Joe Walker Jr., had a pair of runner-up performances in the long jump.
Guillaume Victorin, on the third-best jump in school history, finished second with a mark of 7.91m/25-11.50. Ben Williams, the top seed in Saturday's triple jump competition, finished sixth, and Nick Kennedy recorded a personal best of 7.09m/23-3.25 to take eighth.
In the women's competition, Brittany Owens led three top-eight finishes. The sophomore scored a career-best 6.17m/20-3 to take second in the event and register the third-best mark in school history. Freshman Bre'Yana Wash compiled a solid showing in her first league championships, taking fifth with a leap of 6.06m/19-10.75. Kim Cardeiro, who struggled through an injury in her left leg, finished seventh to give the women's team 14 points.
In the pole vault, Chanel Krause continued to build upon her impressive season. The freshman from Mobile, Ala., finished in sixth place after clearing the bar at 3.88m/12-8.75.
Louisville had all three of its runners in the men's mile qualify for Saturday's final. Andrew Stewart registered the third-fastest time overall with a mark of 4:13.71. Mattias Wolter finished 10th, and freshman Thomas Cave checked in at No. 12.
The distance group also had solid showings collectively, with both the men's and women's distance medley relays finishing runner-up in their respective races. The women's quartet of Emily Bushey, Taylor Bradley, Kelsey Cramsey, and Michelle Molodynia clocked a time of 11:41.34, a new school record.
Earlier in the day, Cramsey and Bushey each punched their tickets to Saturday's 800m final. Cramsey broke from the middle of the pack in her heat and went on to win it with the second-fastest time overall of 2:11.41. Bushey secured the final spot, taking eighth overall.
Louisville's sprinters advanced three to the respective finals. Calvin Arsenault finished second overall in the men's 60m hurdles, while Brianne Brown moved on in the women's section of the event. In the men's 60m, Jermaine Parrish put together one of his best races of the season, taking sixth overall in 6.92 to earn a spot in the title race.
In the multi-events, Hannah Cox compiled a collegiate-best total of 3,135 in the women's pentathlon. The redshirt sophomore won the long jump with a collegiate-best 5.87m/19-3.25.
Action continues on Saturday, March 1, at the Armory with the one of the three final heptathlon events. Marcus Motill competes in the 60m hurdles at 8:45 a.m. followed by the women's high jump at 9:45 a.m.
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AAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (NEW BALANCE ARMORY - NEW YORK, NY)
Friday, Feb. 28
Women's Pentathlon Shot Put
13. Hannah Cox - 8.38m/27-6
Women's Pentathlon Long Jump
1. Hannah Cox - 5.87m/19-3.25
Women's Pentathlon 800m
11. Hannah Cox - 2:43.84
Women's Pentathlon Final
10. Hannah Cox - 3,135
Men's Pole Vault
12. Kevin Jackson - 4.65m/15-3
Men's Heptathlon 60m
3. Marcus Motill - 7.19
Men's Heptathlon Long Jump
t-5. Marcus Motill - 6.50m/21-4
Men's Heptathlon Shot Put
12. Marcus Motill - 10.00m/32-9.75
Men's Heptathlon High Jump
11. Marcus Motill - 1.72m/5-7.75
Men's 60m Hurdles Trials
2. Calvin Arsenault - 8.00Q
Men's 400m Trials
14. Antoine Keys - 50.17
Men's 60m Trials
6. Jermaine Parrish - 6.92q
Women's Distance Medley Relay
2. Louisville `A' (E. Bushey, T. Bradley, K. Cramsey, M. Molodynia) - 11:41.34
Men's Distance Medley Relay
2. Louisville `A' (T. Cave, A. Keys, R. Eaton, A. Stewart) - 10:03.73